Fred Cooper s 'big-head' cartoon characters were seen constantly throughout the 1910s, 20s and 30s in many of the most popular magazines of the day such as Life, Colliers, and Liberty. His copious advertising cartoons and posters, running an amazing gamut of styles, for the New York Edison Company (now Con Edison) first brought him to fame. His posters for the first World War effort won high praise for their use of all lower-case hand lettering whose warmth and character obviated the need for additional illustration. F.G. Cooper was not the designer of the typeface Cooper Bold but his work inspired Oz Cooper (who designed the Cooper fonts) as well as a whole generation of cartoonists, letterers and poster designers.
This book is very attractive and profusely illustrated with tons of 'spot'cartoons, full-page comics, illustrations, 'serious' posters, lettering examples and monograms. The book also contains family photos and some personal work of the artist's.
Cooper was the original clip art cartoonist whose style influenced all the others in the field. He also designed dozens of clever monograms for people like Rube Goldberg, Milton Caniff and Dwight D. Eisenhower which are shown in the book along with his preliminary sketches.
As the author describes the book's creation, "Work on this book began in 1980 when my publisher handed me a copy of an unpublished manuscript for a book on monograms and lettering that he had received for possible publication. He asked me, 'Say, have you ever heard of a guy named F. G. Cooper?' Well, I almost flipped! I'd been a huge fan of Cooper's work for years. I ended up adapting Fred Cooper's book proposal into a new book that included all his other work in addition to the lettering. When it was finally published, sixteen years later, I had no idea that the response from illustrators, letterers, sign men, and designers would be so overwhelmingly positive. There is a quote I use in the book from Oswald (Oz) Cooper, responding to some lettering samples Fred had sent him. 'That is some juicy lettering,' Oz wrote. I guess I'd have to say that this book, with its myriad examples of F. G. Cooper's work is also most 'juicy' in its way"...Continua